How to Get Your Paleo Poop On

I know, that is kind of an odd title to a post about living a paleo lifestyle… Or is it??

Some people might know this, but part of my paleo adventure started right after I came back from a trip of a lifetime trekking through the mountains of Nepal. This is when I realized that something had to change in my life to get me healthy and strong. But that is another topic altogether.

It was on this trip that I was first exposed to squatting when going to the bathroom. Once off the plane in India and then throughout Nepal, only once did we have access to a western toilette. The idea of eliminating my waste this way almost overpowered me culturally and physically. It made me feel really exposed for some reason and physically I found it hard to get into a good squat position and keep it while going for a poop. In essence, it made me feel uncomfortable.

It wasn’t until I was back home for a few months that I realized something. As long as I can remember, I have taken quite a few minutes to do a number two. Up to 30 minutes of sitting and waiting and straining. I would always take something to do into the bathroom with me because I was in there so long. A book, a magazine or the crossword were always on hand. It started to dawn on me that when I was in Nepal, I was only spending a few short  minutes to go to the bathroom.

At the same time I had stumbled upon a forum thread about a person wanting to see if there was some sort of portable stow away squatting platform they could use with a standard toilette. This all got filed away in the back of my head until I saw a video by @ugwellness about using a stool when going for a poop and what it would do for your health.

I have 2 kids and had several low stools leftover from when they were smaller and couldn’t reach the sink. I thought that I would give it a shot, try using the stool and see how things went.

**TMI Warning**

I have never looked back. the difference in elimination from then to now ha sbeen dramatic. The speed at which I can Poop is fantastic. I get on the toilette, place the stool under my feet and Bam, I’m done! TMI moment –>> I used to have to do a lot of wiping. It was usually a real mess down there. Now, however, I barely need any paper at all. Everything just lines up perfectly, it’s like ‘open up’ and bombs away. I think of it like this: what other animal do you know that has to wipe their asses?? NONE!! I find it hard to believe that we have let this contraption ruin our natural way of pooping… Oh wait, yes I can.

The Squatty Potty

I have been using 2 fold up stools, one in each bathroom, but they are rather unsightly. I stumble upon a new product called of all things “the Squatty Potty“. It is an ergonomic stool that has been designed to tuck away around your toilette, yet puts you in the perfect position to squat over it. It comes in different heights depending on your toilette height and your own flexibility.

I have been using one for the past few months and must say that it is great and a must have if you want to improve your colon health. The Squatty Potty only costs about $30 plus shipping.

But hey, $14 will get you an ugly collapsible stool that works almost as well.

9 thoughts on “How to Get Your Paleo Poop On

  • March 5, 2012 at 1:13 am
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    What I want to know is, what do you do when you’re away from home and don’t have access to your Squatty Potty. Does it become tough to drop bombs again?

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    • March 5, 2012 at 9:04 am
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      Maybe not quite as hard as before, but ya. Sitting on a toilette puts u into a bad position, so without a stool, u will be back in that bad position. The plumbing still works, just not optimally.

      If I could come up with a pocket stool I’d make some pocket change I think.

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  • March 5, 2012 at 11:30 am
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    I don’t think I’ve ever found this a problem. In my experiences, I sit down on a regular toilet and within a moment or two I’m done! I’ve never (or at least extremely rarely) had to pass time reading or looking at the shampoo bottles.

    Granted, my toilet posture could almost be a squat anyhow (never compared techniques with anyone before). Sit, lean forward, and rest my forearms on my legs.

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    • March 5, 2012 at 11:41 am
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      That’s basically how I do it if I’m not at home… Sort of a modified squat. Doing it your way helps straighten out the plumbing so to speak, you’re just not upright for gravity to assist. 🙂

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  • March 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm
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    This also helps prevent hemorrhoids. The longer you sit on the can, the greater your chances of getting them.

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  • March 6, 2012 at 7:41 pm
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    For a long time I’ve just stuck my feet on the toilet seat so I’m in the tuck position.  So easy.  Maybe I’m more flexible than some folks.  I don’t know, but I’ve taught my daughter to do it this way as well.

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  • April 15, 2013 at 6:51 pm
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    “I have 2 kids and had several low stools leftover from when they were smaller and couldn’t reach the sink. I thought that I would give it a shot, try using the stool and see how things went.”
    For a minute I was really confused as to why you kept your kids’ stools.

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    • April 17, 2013 at 9:33 pm
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      Tim, doesn’t everyone keep leftover stools from the kids? Ha ha ha!! This made my day 🙂

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